Facts about Finland

Finland is located in northern Europe and borders Russia to the east, Norway to the north and Sweden to the west. The country still has large areas of unspoiled nature. Finland has about 188,000 lakes (about 10% of the country) and a similar number of islands.

Finland is technically not part of Scandinavia, a more correct term that includes Finland is the Nordic countries.

What to see in Finland?

In the northernmost part of the country you can see the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer.

Due to the extreme latitude, the northern parts of Finland experience the famous midnight sun near summer solstice, where the sun does not set during the night and even in southern Finland it never gets really dark. The opposite is the Arctic night in winter, when the sun never rises in the north.


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    The language in Finland?

    What language do you speak in Finland ?

    Finland is officially a bilingual country. The official languages ​​are Finnish and Swedish. Finland has a 5.5% Swedish-speaking minority.

    How many inhabitants does Finland have?

    The total population of Finland is approximately 5,500,000

    What is the capital of Finland?

    The capital and largest city in Finland is Helsinki

    When did Finland join the EU?

    Finland is a member of the EU, the country was acceded to on 1 January 1995

    Is Finland part of Schengen?

    Finland has participated in the Schengen cooperation since 25 March 2001

    Is Finland a member of NATO?

    Finland is not a member of the NATO alliance

    What time is it in Finland?

    Finland has a time zone of UTC +2. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Finland?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Finland?

    When is the best time to holiday in Finland?

    The most popular time to visit Finland is spring and summer.

    Is it safe to travel in Finland?

    It is safe to travel in Finland which, like the rest of Scandinavia, has a low crime rate, as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    Family holiday with children in Finland

    If you need to take children on holiday to Finland, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Finland with kids


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